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When that voice (you know the one I'm talking about - the pessimistic, hangry voice in your head that is SO dRaMaTiC) starts to say things like "you aren't good enough for this", I want you to ask yourself this question: "What evidence do I have to support that claim?"
It's likely nothing, or if it's something, it's just that you don't know how to do everything when it comes to managing people.
Spoiler alert, I have yet to find a single manager that does. Seriously, from CEOs to front-line managers, they are all making their fair share of mistakes. Actually, some of the worst managers I've encountered are at the top - their impact is multiplied because the blast radius is larger. They are also often the most resistant to change. Give me front-line managers all day long - they are my absolute favorite to work with because I don't have to convince them to be better, they already want it. The difference between the poor managers and the great ones? Intentionality. The managers of the 32% (Gallup) of people who are saying they have great managers are the ones continuously developing themselves, focusing on the fundamentals, and prioritizing the success of their team members.
So are you doing those things? If not, it's time to get working. But this is work YOU CAN DO. Luckily, we're not trying to solve how to time travel. Being a great manager is actually quite straightforward, it just takes time and focus.I want you to commit to taking one step towards being a better manager today. Whether that's listening to the first episode of the Manager Material Podcast in Podcast Papers, reviewing the Manager Material Job Description download in Action Guides, or if you want to go big, watch the Manager Material Part 1 training in All Access Development - Dev Drops.
You can do this. I'm in your corner.